One thing I love about dogs is that they are SO easy to please. Is there really anything you can drop on the ground that resembles food that a dog won’t at least try to scarf down before you can yell “Hey dumby that’s cabbage you’re not even gonna like – ope never mind”…? Now this is, obviously, not always a good thing so it is helpful to keep some healthy snacks and treats on hand, and what could be easier than 3 ingredients?
Wednesday was my yellow/red lab pup Nala’s second birthday. That’s right, 2 years of hardcore snuggling and then eating my shoes the second I walk out the door. God I love her. What better way to celebrate my little Hurricane Nala than to make her some yummy healthy birthday treats? By far, Nala’s favorite day-to-day healthy treats are carrots, (I literally buy bags each week just for her) but for her birthday I figured why not mix some of the other goodies she loves; peanut butter, bananas, and coconut oil! Hop on down to the bottom of this post to read some benefits that come from these ingredients.
Cooking for your dogs is a thousand times easier than cooking for a human. Seriously there really isn’t much you can do wrong (Did I mention most dogs will eat almost anything?) So as far as exact portions and mixing to a certain consistency, there really is no wrong answer! Above you’ll see my little sous-chef herself.
Personally, I used a 1 to 1 ratio of a couple heaping spoon fulls each of peanut butter and coconut oil and mixed them with one banana. I already had a couple silicone molds from Ikea, but you can purchase some similar ones here from Amazon! (Side note: Are you using smile.amazon.com rather than the regular site? I sure hope so!) And yes, I am aware the fish mold doesn’t really make sense with dog treats but I’ll use what I have. If you don’t have silicone molds, don’t worry just keep reading!
Grab your desired amount of coconut oil and zap it in the microwave for a few seconds. Gather your ingredients in a bowl, grab a spoon or fork and mash away. (If you’re fancy use your blender or food processor or whatever) I personally wanted to leave some banana chunks as a fun little chewy surprise for the dogs. Again, do they really care? I know some people choose to add honey and cinnamon which is totally up to you. Me, I know my dogs will swallow these in one bite so it’d be a waste anyway but to each their own!
Grab a spoon and start to fill your molds. It’s ok if they overflow a bit like mine. If you don’t have molds, just grab a baking sheet, cover it with some parchment paper and start to spoon some chunks out. If you’re doing it this way and the consistency is a bit runny, go ahead and play with your ingredients a bit till your mounds are just right.
Put your molds (or baking sheet) in the freezer and be a good human by letting your pup lick the bowl/spoon. Reassure them they are perfect wonderful baby angels and that their treats will be ready in just a couple hours! (Honestly, go ahead and enjoy one of your dog’s new treats with them cause they’re actually pretty darn good for us humans too)
If you’re wondering, all three of our dogs LOVED these! Here are Charlie and Nala waiting ever-so-patiently while I try to get the perfect cutesy-blogger photo.
Recipe for Healthy 3-Ingredient Dog Treats
Ingredients: Remember, you can’t go wrong here!
- I used a 1:1 ratio of Coconut Oil to Peanut Butter (I used 2 heaping spoons of each)
- 1 Banana
- Optional: Cinnamon to taste
- Optional: Honey to taste
- Warm coconut oil to mixable consistency (about 15 seconds for me)
- Mash ingredients together in a bowl.
- Spoon mixture into your molds or onto your parchment paper lined baking sheet.
- Freeze for a couple of hours.
- Enjoy! I mean… let your dogs enjoy! 😉
Healthy Ingredient Benefits
- Peanut butter (raw) is a great source of protein and healthy fats for your pup, as well as a great source of Vitamins B and E. Make sure to check your labels! Stay away from light or sugar-free peanut butter with artificial sweeteners, as some can be harmful for your dog.
- Coconut Oil is a superfood for both you and your fur babies! This one here has TONS of benefits so I won’t name them all. In short, it helps aid your dog’s digestion, protects from illness, reduces allergic reactions and helps improve their skin and coat.
- Bananas are a great source of potassium, Vitamins B and C, Fiber, and Copper. Keep in mind though that bananas do contain natural sugars so try to feed them to your dogs in moderation and not as an every day staple.